Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Buenos Aires, Argentina
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?
No just learned on the fly . Not much to learn Buenos Aires rivals the best european cities and is a thriving big city metropolis
Moving to Argentina soon?
If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?
Already knew spanish. Always best to know some basics to get around although many spoke english and were very helpful and knowledgeable about US customs and ways
Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?
Yes of course some anxiety should be expected but keeping an open mind and trying new things and learning from new experiences is sometimes better than learning from any book. Locals in Buenos Aires are very nice and willing to help.
How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?
Once I got the hang of things no problems. Many things in common with the locals. Warm friendly giving people.
Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?
When you travel you must adjust to the host country. Dont expect evry body to cater to a close minded way you may have. It all depends on where you are traveling China and Buenos Aires are not the same but be polite and you will get the same in return . locals always want to demonstrate there local ways to you because they are proud of what they have to offer in there lifestyles. Let them show you there ways and don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone and try new things and make up your own mind what you like and don't like
What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.
A bit of home sickness in the beginning but it all depends on your attitude when you get off the plane. You will learn and grow and may not want to leave. One day at a time is te best attitude to have spread your wings slowly and take it in a little at a time. Don't try to adjust in one day
What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
Learning from other lifestyles and letting locals teach you where to go and what to see
What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?
Adjusting to a new way of living
Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!
Check out the Bidets something not found in US. LOL
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
You will find people are more like you than you think
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